July 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM ET
No one's real happy with 3-D glasses, but those who want to see such special effects without weird specs will be happy to learn Toshiba's bringing out a 3-D glasses-free laptop, the Qosmio F750 3D, in August in Britain. Cost is estimated at a hefty $2,100 for the 15.6-inch laptop.
The F750 will use an Intel Core i7 processor, have a 640-gigabyte hard drie and come with 6 GB of DDR3 memory. It also includes Harman Kardon stereo speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio HDMI-CEC.
How will it work? Well, for starters it will work just for one person at a time; Engadget, which tested it out, say that's a "major downside of the glasses free tech employed here. You won't be able to watch a 3D movie with your buddy on a flight, for example, but that's the price you pay for not having to wear funny specs."
Here's how Toshiba UK, which made the announcement, explains the technology:
To create a 3D effect without 3D glasses, the left eye needs to see a slightly different perspective to the right eye. The Qosmio F750 3D's state-of-the-art lenticular screen sends Qosmio F750 3D displays 3D images without the need for glasses. Eye-tracking technology ensures 3D effect works regardless of position (15.6") screen allows 2D and 3D images to be viewed simultaneouslytwo images of slightly differing perspectives individually to the left and right eye, which creates the 3D effect. An integrated webcam also intelligently tracks the user's eye movements, allowing the Qosmio F750 3D to adjust the 3D effect to match the eye position. The Qosmio F750 3D can also display 2D and 3D content simultaneously — allowing users to browse the Internet, for example, in one window and have 3D content playing in another window.
U.S. pricing and availability of the Qosmio F750 3D has yet to be announced.